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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Salty, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Salty

    Salty Minister of Fire

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    So I seem to be replacing these about every 2 years, has anyone found a more substantial replacement? This next one will be my 3rd burnpot since 2008

    I spose I should be wicked happy I'm able to bend steel with my pellet fires. That means the stove is running well, just not thrilled about spending money on something like this all the time.

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Salty are you burning your stove full tilt once it gets cold?
  3. Hellfire

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    Upload some photos of the burn-pot .

    The only thing i have replaced in my York that many times was the ash rod from the heat & corrosion.(carbon steel)
    Now i use 316 S/S rod the last 2 seasons without any degradation. (I use my york exclusively for heating not as a supplement)

    Are you using corn in the mix?

    I know i could build one out of carbon steel but the question is at what price would it cost for better high heat corrosion resistance steel and what grade would I use the nickel -chromium base or cobalt base as that can get expensive for just longer term durability.
  4. chuck p

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    December 16 will be 6yrs still going on the same burn pot.It's starting to show some wear on the top and a small crack were the ignighter is.
  5. Hellfire

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    Ditto on mine too although i mig welded the corners in 2007 as i didn`t like the way the OEM welded it.
  6. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    I think one look no further than at what he has been burning.
  7. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Yep...could be the Infernos...they clinkered and warped my original pot.
  8. Hellfire

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    What`s in them magnesium?
  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Well I don't know it could be left overs from various .......

    IHATEPROPANE what color did your pot glow?
  10. Hellfire

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    Maybe the pellets are made from trees from the remnants of Chernobyl;ex
  11. Hellfire

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    I`ll stay w/stove chow never a problem except the dust .
  12. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    All I remember is a pile orange....when the stove cooled there was a large clinker and a warped pot.
  14. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I find it hard to believe this day and age that would be happening. If it is true they would be shut down.
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    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya, hopefully he was joking.
  16. Hellfire

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    What about the burn grate (seperate piece) does that burn up too?
  17. imacman

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    I'm assuming the burn pots are steel? Why not get it over with and have a local metal shop tig weld one up from stainless steel?
  18. krooser

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    The pots are steel with lots of 1/8" holes..

    The pot in my Pepin is the original from 1999 (?) but has some steel missing from the area just above versa-grate. I just found that the set screw that allows the driveshaft for the versa-grate to rotate is loose... I think that's why the steel burned out as the versa-grate was not working and i got a big, hot clinker right under the burn pot.
  19. magsf11

    magsf11 Feeling the Heat

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    mine is starting to show 2 very small cracks but is still the same one that came with the stove.
  20. Salty

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    Sorry been out all day. Previous pots have always cracked around the igniter area then gotten worse. After they crack all the way the thing usually warps out bad.

    This current burn pot is just plain warped from heat. The piece that sticks up in front of the flame is totally toasted. It's got 4-5 waves right across it and it's double thick there too. The whole burn pot is warped enough now that it's hard to get it in and out of the stove to clean it.

    I'll take a pic of this the next time I clean it.

    This used to get run wide open in the winter, last year it spent most of it's time on 4 which is still a very healthy/hot flame.

    Have not had issues with the bottom versa grate. Just the burn pot surround.

    I figured someone may have found a solution by now. Seriously doubt I'm burning asbestos. I think the guy was full of crap. Do you know how bad the penalty is for abating asbestos without a permit or releasing into a waste stream in Mass? YIKES man.
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    mine in the afton bay is also in rough shape.
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    On my 3rd season with my used Afton Bay. It had a new pot when I got it, and a used Versa-Grate. Both are in the same condition as when I got it, burned about 6 tons, mostly on level 4. Occasionally I use level 5, and if it's warmer out, level 3.
  23. Ironhorse74

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    If a clinker is allowed to form on the pot, it gets so hot that it melts the steel. St Croix ships a pot scraper with every stove.part of my daily maintenance is to scrape the bot and make sure no clinkers have formed. My pot is six years old. It is the replacement for a one year old pot that burned through from a clinker.

    peace

    Brad
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  24. SmokeyTheBear

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    Yup, that is what does it all right. And the reason for the clinkers is what is in the pellets and how long you allow the ash to pile up.
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  25. Salty

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    I don't agree this one has this issue. I don't get clinkers since I been mixing pellets. If I do they are small less than grape sized. When I burned infernos it was a clinker convention but that was a previous burn pot.

    I rake the pot every single day that stove is running. I empty the middle tray into a metal bucket next to the stove then get the front back on before it goes into shutdown mode. I wait until the board is out of lockout again and open the front and scrape the pot. I also tap the bottom versagrate good with the tip of the tool. If you know what the pot looks like the top front of my pot is warped to hell. It's outside the burn area it's in the flame area so not sure what even clinkers would do for this.

    Someone should offer a stainless upgrade...

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